Animal Crossing: New Horizons will feature full character customization at the game’s start—and throughout—with multiple skin tones and gender-neutral hairstyles.

That’s right: Gone are the days of Rover’s opening questionnaire to determine your character’s appearance.

“Right from the start, you’ll be able to choose the way you want to look,” Aya Kyogoku, New Horizons director said in an interview with Polygon during E3. “All the facial parts or hairstyles are all gender-free. So you can select from a pool of hairstyles and facial features and then they’re also changeable at any point in the game. So if you feel like a certain way one day, then you can make that change pretty easily.”

This includes hair style and color, eye color, and skin tone.

While Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer and Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp both included character customization, these options are a first for a mainline series entry.

The addition of skin tone customization is also notable, as prior methods of changing skin color were by tanning in the summer or on an island—in the original Animal Crossing and in New Leaf, for the latter.

What does this mean for Harriet, the stylist introduced in Nintendo DS entry Animal Crossing: Wild World? Time will only tell.

Stay plugged in to Nintendo Wire for more Animal Crossing: New Horizons and E3 2019 coverage!

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